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Adaptation Research Initiative in Asia: Climate Change Adaptation Water Resource and Adaptation

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,496,600

Targeted Countries: China

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This contribution is part of Canada's $20 million fast-start contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support climate change adaptation projects in the water sector in Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean. This project aimed to enhance adaptive capacity to climate variability and change in the water and agricultural sectors for two of China's most vulnerable regions: the water-scarce North China Plain and the flood-prone Poyang Lake Region. This project will also provide governments with evidence to inform the development of cost-effective and viable adaptation plans.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The project team has collected historical data from 753 national meteorological stations. A database has also been created to organize data on water supply and demand for the two provinces being studied. Based on the existing data, the team has analyzed long-term changes in temperature and precipitation, as well as analyzed the frequency and impacts of extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods. A large-scale field survey has been completed in the Poyang Lake Region. Based on the literature review and survey data, adaptation measures practiced by local farmers have been classified into three different levels: household level, community, and national. Economic analysis of adaptation options stemming from these results is currently underway. A total of 140 people were trained to conduct the field survey in the two study areas, and a data cleaning workshop was subsequently organized, providing training on statistical analysis. A training course on research methodology was also delivered on March 31, 2013, with participation from researchers affiliated with the collaborating universities.

Adaptation Research Initiative in Asia: Climate Change and Water Governance

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,530,000

Targeted Countries: China Nepal Pakistan

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This contribution is part of Canada's $20 million fast-start contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support climate change adaptation projects in the water sector in Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean. This project worked towards building effective water governance in the Asian Highlands.

Results/Expected Outcomes

With support from Canada’s contribution, an inception workshop took place on October 31-November 2, 2012 in Kunming, bringing together researchers from the two collaborating institutions. A methodology workshop was also held in March 2013 in Kunming to review and revise research questions, develop appropriate research protocols for vulnerability assessment, and identify common data required from each site for the bioclimatic stratification that is currently underway.
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